When you are recovering from surgery or an illness you may need home care assistance with routine tasks which you often take for granted. Home Health Aides are the members of your home healthcare team who help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing or moving around. Your nurse or therapist may order home health aide services if you:
- need help with personal care
- are disabled due to illness or injury
- have come home to recover from surgery
- need a reminder to take pre-poured medication
Your doctor will give us medical orders and oversee your care. Our nurses update your doctor on your condition and work with him or her to change your treatment plan, as needed.
Working with your nurse, you will create a “plan of care” to meet your personal health needs. The number of visits that your home health aide will make each week and the actual care he or she will provide will vary depending on your needs. Your plan may include home health aide visits to:
- provide personal care assistance such as bathing, toileting, dressing and walking
- prepare cooked meals and provide company while you are eating
- shop for food and pick up prescriptions
- work with your visiting home healthcare nurse to remind you to do exercises or treatments prescribed by your doctor
Home health aide services are covered by insurance only if you are also receiving nursing, physical or speech therapy. You can refer yourself for home health aide help or keep your aide after discharge, but you will have to pay privately or have an entitlement program that pays. If you need longer hours of personal care help, call our affiliate Lifetime Care at Home at 203.458.5990.